Following the runaway success of the Amblin Entertainment-produced drama 'Under the Dome,' CBS has decided to stay in the Steven Spielberg business for the foreseeable future. The Eye network has snatched up the broadcast rights to 'Extant,' a sci-fi spec script that has been making waves in Hollywood for several weeks now.
'Extant' tells the story of a female astronaut's return home after a year-long space mission. Her attempts to reconnect with her family after her lengthy absence soon become the least of her worries, as she quickly becomes entangled in a mysterious series of events that may ultimately change the course of mankind forever.
CBS has elected (much as they did with 'Dome') to skip the pilot process, and grant 'Extant' a 13-episode first season order. It appears likely that the network plans to take the obvious route, and pair the new series up with 'Dome' to form a Steven Speilberg produced sci-fi night next summer. It's also likely (though not yet official) that 'Extant' will continue 'Dome's deal of streaming exclusively through Amazon after new episodes premiere on CBS. Veteran TV producer Greg Walker ('The X-Files,' 'Smallville,' 'Vegas') will serve as showrunner.
CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler had this to say about the acquisition: "'Extant' is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script. Our partnership with Amblin for 'Under The Dome' showed that viewers respond to high-quality event programming in the summer. We look forward to building on that with 'Extant' and offering CBS audiences another high-concept, unique event for summer television.”
As a huge fan of both 'Under the Dome' and Steven Spielberg, I fully intend on checking out the premiere of 'Extant.' Do you?